I promise you a thousand dollars in Yarn


I didn’t like the beginning on the jet ski.  Suffice to say Fireman had to peel my fingernails out of his chest at first.  He wasn’t even going fast, but he has that Y chromosome that makes me think he’s going to push the machine to it’s limits because…..that’s what that chromosome does to the male species.  

He struck a deal with me: “I promise you a thousand dollars in yarn if I tip this  jet ski over” .  Now we’re talking.  Just speak my language, and he did.  From that moment on, I started to relax.  So that’s how that went.  unnamed-1.jpg

I really am sorry for the lousy photo, but here is the first bee I’ve SEEN at the pollinator nursery.  I knew they’d been active but I finally saw one yesterday.  

DSCF2676 My friend Regina, mailed me 4 bottles of flower seeds!  Echinacea, Gray headed coneflowers and Columbine.  (Regina did you know that Columbine is the Holy Spirit flower?)  And, I had just cleared an area for them yesterday.  In they go , today. 

If you came for the knitting, I have to send you to Mason-Dixon’s Saturday letter .. D.G. Strong shows his National Parks knitted ribbon winning blanket and oh boy.  

In the  more knitting category, I am planning the weekend work to be all orange sweater-poncho time.   

(I’m also trying to be a vegetarian this week. just one week.  I need some low fat recipes.  Got any?)




What’s with My Knitting Universe?


My friend Abby sent me this darling card and refused to write in it.  I love it.  I may break into it and try knitting on those tooth pick needles just for snicks.  Or not. 

Yesterday was a day of upsets. ( The votes went sour for me on my Knitters Hunks and Chicks categories.  Ugh.  I thought my Jesse Spencer was a shoe in for this year.  He’s of Chicago Fire fame.  Not the one who dates lady Gaga.  I love Kim’s contest.)   

In a different kind of upset, friend Kath in from L.A. to care for her mom Mary who is 91, had no good news.  Mary has pneumonia.  Mary is frail.  Another friend and I tried to pour strength into Kath in the form of food and wine.  Kath stayed the night, did her laundry and let us let her cry.  This is all too familiar.  We do what we can, we listen, we tell her she IS an amazing daughter.  

It is so nice to have a guest room and guest bath at this stage in our life.   


I had my first bit of unfortunate knitting with the beaded bag.  Knit picks black yarn I may be mad at you.  You developed a teeny tiny knot that would not be undone.  Long story short the yarn broke and I will have to rebead the yarn.  

It is in a time out. I’m all about the orange poncho sweater now.   

Today: I may jet ski.  It is all 80s and summery this week.  We have not gotten around to this goal since moving here.  Let me assure you I will not be racing around Geneva Lake with reckless abandon.   My life jacket will be securely on.  

I should go now, and shave my legs…..and there will be no pictures.  

Just Hello

DSCF2472.jpgMrs. Micawber’s blog is full of flower identifications.  She lives n the same Dairy state as me.   She rides her bike often and takes us along wildflower class to learn names.  My friend Regina brought me these flowers to plant here.  I don’t know what the little powder puff white flowers are, but I love them.  A mum? 

DSCF2155Because my knit progress was in the negative yesterday, I’ll give you one of the amazing horses at the barn.  Zach took this photo and you get a sense of how big this boy is.  We have many riders that are not tiny children so we need large horses to be in the program.   Rox is in the ring with him. She is an amazing volunteer.

I don’t know many of the stories of how over a hundred of us ended up in the arena to volunteer, but I trust I’ll hear some stories over time.   We are not in Session for another couple of weeks and I do miss going to the Barn.  

DSCF2456I was in the negative stitch wise because I made a mistake.  Mistakes in worsted are not near as painful as mistakes in fingering, or …..heaven forbid, lace weight.   I’ll get back on the horse today!


DSCF2673.jpgOh worsted weight, I’ve forgotten your joys.  I’ve been knitting with fingering for about a month (with the exception of fiddly twiddle mitts).  This is my Viktoria beginning.  Berroco on size 8 circs.   The flash makes it look like a safety patrol orange but it is softer than that, I promise.  I’ve got a LOT of knitting ahead of me.  I shall not whine. DSCF2669.jpg

My Betty’s Pies cup has seen better days.  She’s well loved.  I’ve abandoned the Keurig.  I’ve decided this is cleaner, simpler and frees me of trash guilt.  It does make me WAIT a bit longer for my cuppa, but the coffee tastes great.  I think it is good for me to practice a bit of waiting.  I tap my foot and fingers when I put my chip card in the block at the store.  Sigh, data has to go all the way up to the satellite in the sky and down again.  Really Kathy B?  I shall not whine.

DSCF2670.jpgDSCF2671.jpgThe produce stands now have pumpkins!  Oh fall I love thee so much.  I have no idea what one does with an APPLE gourd and my checkout lady  just shrugged.  She said, “Decoration I think” .

Finally, some of you will not be surprised by this at all.  I was driving down the interstate when a truck merged from the on ramp.  I saw a tail.  Then I saw a full grown Siberian Husky standing ON boxes, in the back bed of a pick up truck.  The truck was going no less than 80mph.  This poor dog was barely keeping its balance. 

I called 911.
“911 what’s your emergency”

“There is a pick up truck on the expressway with a dog in the back of the truck!  I’m an animal lover”  I proceeded to give them all the identifiers for the vehicle.

“Ma’am there is no law that says you have to restrain an animal in a vehicle”

“But, but but”

“Ma’am, I just want you to know the dog won’t jump, Okay?”

Really?  What a bunch of yahoos.  I’m not asking for a carseat for the dog, and I certainly understand crates in the back of a truck for working dogs and hunting dogs.  But loose?  Standing on boxes that were higher than the sides of the truck.  ?  There ought to be a law….


Black cats and Black beaded bags

unnamedEvery once in awhile I get a good shot of Miss Pie.  She is difficult to photograph.  You all know that Fireman was in an uproar when I brought her home.  It is 100% true that I did not consult with him at all.  It is 100% true that you shouldn’t bring a pet home for life that way.  it is 110% true that they are the best of buddies.  SHE OWNS him.  She lets me know it all the time.  unnamed-1

This is my Fall KAL #2 project coming along.  It is my mindless knit.


Yesterday I cast on a sweater/shawl.  Viktoria.  Yup, I’m talking 1400 yards to this project friends. Berroco Vintage in Worsted is the yarn.  Colorway: Orange with some blush to it.  I’m never one for primary colors.  I need some softening.  I also saw the knit at the Fair and the woman had made it in an orange.  So that’s in my head.

As I was starting to get goofy over my choices in color, I said, aloud,
“This isnt my last sweater, just go for it. ” I’m at that giddy point in the project.

I’m so sad to see the Florida Keys devastated.  We have vacationed there at least 3 times.   There is just no place like the Keys.  It seems that everyone there is just doing there thing and enjoying life so well..  So many Manpunzels.  My husbands hair makes him look like a freak when we are there.  What no ponytail?  I know the Keys will come back.   Jimmy Buffet and six toed cats.  Mule deer and manatees.  Its a sweet sweet life, living by the salty sea as they say.   Just you watch.  Banana Bay and Hawks Cay, we are thinking of you.

Wishing everyone whose life got really complicated in the last week, some good news today.




Monday Q and A Autumn edition

unnamed-3Let our Q and A begin : 

*I’m so thankful Meredith and Dee are okay after the hurricane.  9/11 is such a sacred day.   Do you have your American Flag flying today?

*I give you my weekend project: A needle felted sheep.  I have four punctures in my fingers as a result .  Have you needle felted?  Did your fingers get in the way?

*I used to kid myself that caramel apples were a healthy treat.  What is your unhealthy healthy treat?

*I have a new rule for the rest of 2017.  We have 111 days left of this year.  Are you reaching for a certain goal before 2018?

*Name your favorite intersection of two streets.  Give us the state too.

*Do you own any mini skeins of yarn?

*What color is the yarn you will work with today or tomorrow?

*What is the fiber content of that yarn?

*Did you have a old fashioned lunch box with a thermos, when you were growing up. What was the theme of the lunchbox?

*Were you ever given a detention?

My answers:

Yes, we always have an American Flag hanging outside our home.  We saved the flag Fireman flew on 9/11.

I think the fact that I Only stuck myself 4 times making my first needle felt project is nearly miraculous.  Each stuck bled.   Don’t worry I’ve had my tetanus shot. 🙂

Well, obviously I had to come to terms with the fact that the caramel on the apple is ridiculously high in points.  I love a taffy apple.  Zach and I share a fondness for them.  Let’s face it, they are best in fall, freshly made and unpackaged. If you are going to wipe your points out for a week in one sitting, this may be the way to do it.

My new rule for the remainder of this year, 2017, is that I’m done cooking for company.  I’m thrilled friends have visited.  I love having friends up to the house. But we have great pizza places here and I’m just over the whole menu thing.  I think I’ll just focus on baking.

My favorite intersection is Highway 51 and K in Hazelhurst Wisconsin. My father had a cabin for years just past that intersection. I also love  Fullerton and Clark in Chicago.  It is where Lincoln Park Zoo is and where the first Lettuce Entertain You diner was built.

I own 8 mini skeins of cotton yarn.  I don’t like joining ends so a project in mini skeins is something I’d avoid.  I’m not tricked by the cuteness of the mini skein grass movement.  I swooned over them for a full minute and then  thought, ugh what a lot of work.

The color of my yarn today is Black.  I’m knitting a FALL KAL Halloween bag. It is knitpicks Stroll Merino/nylon blend.  Um .  Knitting with black yarn….yeah…good thing tis a small bag !

I did have a metal lunch box.  More than one I’m sure.  I recall on that looked like a school bus.  I think it has Peanuts characters smiling all the way to school.  I usually cried all the way to school.  I was such a baby.  Truly , I was 15 days before the cutoff and while I could keep up fine with the work and the grades, emotionally I should have stayed home another year.  Seriously my name tag, that I had to wear, was unreadable due to the tear stains on it.  No one made me a new one, I just wore it tear stained for weeks.

I was given detention once and was FURIOUS about it.  The whole class was forced to stay after due to only some individuals misbehaving.  Group punishment.  I was really mad.  I was not the kind of kid who wanted ONE MORE MINUTE in school for any reason.  hahaha.

Can’t wait to hear your stories.

A little distraction from real life…

DSCF2628.jpgNice huh?  She knit this beauty of a sweater and wore it to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.  I do love seeing everyone’s knit and crochet work being worn and admired.  

Is that from Pom-Pom?
Is that Dk or Worsted? etc etc etc.  Everyone all yarn talk and pattern praise.  Just the thing I needed once we heard Zach was safe from the Earthquake’s jaws.  We had plans to go and so we did.  

DSCF2615(Uh oh that nippy border collie is headed our way again ladies) .  These sheep were clearly communicating and quite good at confusing the novice dogs. ” LIE DOWN.”   If we heard the human say it once, they said it at least a hundred times during the hour we watched.   LIE DOWN LIE DOWN LIE DOWN!  DSCF2611.jpg

You gotta love a border collie.  They are just so dang programmed and excited to herd that the handler must sound like a little gnat in their doggie ears.   I love to watch them  working.  

And the peanut gallery?  Well, they had no trouble laughing out loud when a handler and dog failed and the sheep ran amuck.  I have never been to a competition where the audience actually  laughed at the contestant. IT made me uncomfortable.  They seem to all know one another though.  They seemed to be having a good old time.  

You all encouraged me you know. You said to go ahead and purchase at the Festival.  I did.  I didn’t want to disappoint.  You all are going to be getting your fill of needle felting stories from me.  I decided I had to make those little animals that come out of a pin and some roving.  

I needed something entirely new and wooly in my life.  And Fireman said no sheep.  He also said, no bunnies.  and certainly no border collie pup.  So…..get ready.   Hope it is as easy as it looks.   If it all runs amuck you can laugh out loud.  We all know each other right?